Indian schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade smashes records by scoring 1000 runs in a single innings
An Indian schoolboy has become the first cricketer in history to score 1,000 runs in a single innings.
Pranav Dhanawade, 15 and the son of a Mumbai rickshaw driver, scored the extraordinary total in the Bhandari Cup, an under-16 inter-school event organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association.
The incredible scorecard of Pranav Dhanawade's 1009 not out. Spare a thought for those bowlers... pic.twitter.com/RwHGMs2GOk— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) January 5, 2016
Dhanawade, who was batting for KC Gandhi High School against Arya Gurukul School, plundered 59 sixes and 129 fours in an epic innings that lasted 395 minutes and 323 balls, meaning he scored at an incredible 3.1 runs per ball.
Dhanawade's innings enabled his side to declare on the mind-boggling 1465/3, also a world record, with Pranav unbeaten on 1,009.
Arya Gurukul's woes were compounded by the fact that they had been bundled out for 31 on Monday.
Kalyan had broken a 116-old cricketing record after amassing 652 on Monday, giving him the highest individual score in cricket history - the previous record had been held by AEJ Collins, an Englishman who struck an unbeaten 628 for Clark House against North Town House in 1899.
"I have always been a big-hitter. When I started I never thought about breaking the record," Dhanawade told the Hindustan Times. "The focus was never that. I just played my natural game, which is to attack from the word go.
"After reaching 300, my coach Harish Sharma told me to play on. I did not know of the world record, but we had the Indian record in mind."
Dhanawade's monumental achievement sent Twitter into a frenzy. His name trended in India, with excited but also nervous cricket fans posting regular score updates as he neared the 1,000 mark.
Ayaz Memon, a cricket expert, said it would be a phenomenal feat for a cricketer to score four digits at any level of the game.
"It's just incredible. Scoring 1,000 runs in less than two days at this speed is a great achievement," Memon told AFP.
But translating this accomplishment from club to international level will be a big challenge for the teenager, he said.
The omens are good, however - Tendulkar, Dhanawade's batting hero, first burst onto the scene in 1988 aged 14 when he scored 326 not out in a Mumbai school match.
He went on to become the highest scorer in the history of Test cricket as well as the first player to score 100 international centuries.
Tendulkar was one of several former players to hail the youngster's achievement:
Congrats #PranavDhanawade on being the first ever to score 1000 runs in an innings. Well done and work hard. You need to scale new peaks!— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 5, 2016
Outstanding....Congratulations Pranav !!! 1000 runs in an innings https://t.co/5QlO3xkEl3— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) January 5, 2016